NMG journalists feted at media awards

Three journalists from the Nation Media Group have emerged winners in their respective categories at the first edition of the Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Veronicah Okeyo, Eunice Kilonzo and Michael Mosota of the Daily Nation were among sixteen journalists recognised for their exemplary work in reporting on development issues in Africa.

The awards also recognised institutions that support the development of viable media across Africa as well as those that exemplify the adoption and application of best practice in governance and leadership.

South Africa led the winners list with four awardees, followed by Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Nigeria with three each, in the latest addition to the array of services offered by the African Media Initiative (AMI).

“Zimeo is a new kind of competition because it does not intend to confer the title of journalist of the year. Instead, it seeks to identify journalism excellence in the various sectors of development on which society’s survival hinges,” said Wangethi Mwangi, judging coordinator and head of the technical team.

Mr Mwangi was speaking at the awards ceremony at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in the East Rand area of Johannesburg. He said that the competition, received more than 500 entries from print, broadcast and online journalists.

He said that a technical team reviewed the entries and submitted its initial short list to independent panels of judges representing east, west, central, south and North Africa.

Competition judge and columnist with The EastAfrican Joachim Buwembo said that the winning stories were unique in their approach and helped create interest in daily phenomena.

“The effective use of citizens’ voices and the exploration of the complexities – social, economic, and more- makes the stories a great example of quality journalism on the continent,” said Mr Buwembo.

Ms Kilonzo (in absentia) and Mr Mosota were winners in the Data Journalism Reporting category while Ms Okeyo received her award in the Science Reporting category.